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Essential coronavirus info
We can’t wait to welcome our new and returning students from 19 October 2020. Your safety is our first priority.

Semester Study Abroad

On our Semester Study Abroad programme, study with other overseas students for 1 semester. You'll also be able to collaborate with local undergraduates.

Our semester programmes are perfect for art, design and fashion majors, as well as liberal arts students with some experience in these areas. They are designed for Study Abroad students, with a similar teaching style and course structure to US universities.

Due to global outbreak of COVID-19 all Study Abroad programmes at UAL will now start in Spring 2021.

Autumn term  is cancelled, but you can take optional Online Study Abroad modules - added to your regular studies.

For Spring 2021, we have introduced flexible booking terms in response to COVID-19. If you decide to cancel your place on the course, the deposit payment is now refundable until 6 weeks before the course start, subject to receiving your cancellation notice in writing. If we have to cancel the course our usual Terms and Conditions apply. Please contact us at if you have any queries.

At UAL I was given the time and space to explore every interest and through that I was able to develop my work in a way I never thought possible."
- Sarah Ingraham (USA) BA Fine Art Semester, Central Saint Martins

For each of our semester programmes, there are classes that are mandatory for all students, and these classes will automatically be assigned to you.

For certain programmes, let us know before you arrive which classes you are interested in taking, and we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

See below for the range of courses available.

If you or your home university have any specific requirements about what you need to study while you are in London, please contact us in advance of your arrival.

Hear from some of our Study Abroad lecturers

Course information

As most of the teaching on the programme is conducted separately from our full-time students, semester programmes can be shaped according to the needs, interests and requirements of the group with time for more student support and additional elements such as field trips and special events.

A study trip to Paris is included in the fees for students enrolled on the London College of Fashion Semester at London College of Fashion.

Students can join the semester programme for credit towards degrees at their home institutions. As a guide, each semester is worth 12 to 16 US credits, depending on the classes taken.

In order for your home institution to award external credit, please read the module descriptions on each programme’s web page before you travel to London, as these will give you and your advisor a clear idea about what you will study while you are here.

Please make sure your home institution will award external credit before you travel to London. The Study Abroad team can provide additional module information on request.

Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion*

One semester - £8,250*
*Includes study trip to Paris for London College of Fashion Students

Find more information on financial aid and scholarships.

Semester Study Abroad courses

Essential guidance

  • Study Abroad Offer Holders
    Next steps for offer holders

    Important information to help you prepare for your studies.

  • Arrival to the UK 3
    Arriving in the UK

    What to pack and how to get to central London from the airport.

  • Study Abroad Academic Differences
    Academic differences

    Make sure you meet any visa and immigration requirements for entering the UK.

  • Arrival to the UK 1
    Visas and immigration

    Make sure you meet any visa and immigration requirements for entering the UK.